After ten years of teaching photography for a living,
Keith Johnson found another kind of job that allows him to wander the
world and make photographs on a daily basis. Talking with him, and viewing
his work, you realize immediately that this is a man who finds enjoyment
wherever he goes.
“I am endlessly entertained by what I see as I travel through life,”
he says. “I love the way man marks his space to claim it and what
happens visually as a result. The camera’s ability to extract and
record the intersection of objects and situations is what I respond to.
I travel a fair amount; sometimes to interesting places sometimes not,
but always pictures seem to be hovering.”
The deadpan caption titles to his photos can’t hide his wry perspective.
Johnson has been involved in photography since the early 70's. He graduated
in 1975 from RISD with an MFA and studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron
Siskind after spending a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons.
He is on the summer faculty for Maine Photographic Workshops and Visual
Studies Workshop, and Penland School of Crafts. He is currently at work
on two book projects and a new body of work entitled Ground/Cover.